Music is an integral part of life. It’s embedded in the deepest roots of our respective cultures, and is given a lot of importance in any form of festivity or occasion. The music we listen to has the ability to move us and bring about feelings of nostalgia, happiness, and even sadness. And that’s why when we’re down or just in need of a hand to get back up again, we often turn to our Spotify accounts and play our favorite songs at volumes that would annoy the hell out of our neighbors.
I decided to compile a list of 15 songs that are the most upbeat, positive, mood-boosting numbers that I could think of. There are hundreds out there, and everyone knows of Queen’s "We Are The Champions" or The Script’s "Hall of Fame", so I wanted to include the songs that aren’t as cliché… or at least I hope I did. These songs are meant to get you through a rigorous workout session, or push you to finish that one last lap during a marathon, or just get you through the day by feeling like an absolute champion. So go ahead… turn up the volume, add these to your playlists, and get ready to feel like you’re ready to conquer the world!
14 When We Come Alive - Switchfoot
Switchfoot is an alternative-rock band that makes positive music. Although often addressing a wide spectrum of issues like love, life, purpose, and struggle, their music has always been a call to action towards thriving in this world instead of merely existing. Songs like "Love Is a Movement" and "We Are One Tonight" are powerful odes to a life of togetherness and community with one another. Then there are songs like "Awakening" and "Thrive" that describe the need of being truly, positively, breathtakingly alive in this world instead of just breathing for the sake of living.
13 Heartlines - Florence + The Machine
With the thunderous thumping of drums in its backbone and an ascending rhythm that eventually culminates in an upbeat, almost dance-inducing chorus, this track off the album Ceremonials will move you, no matter where you are or what you’re doing.
12 Invincible – Machine Gun Kelly feat. Ester Dean
11 Remember The Name – Fort Minor
10 Don’t Give Up – Kevin Rudolf
9 Boom – P.O.D
8 Lose Yourself – Eminem
I won’t get into the debate of whether or not Slim Shady is the best rapper in the world. Honestly, that seems like a redundant argument for 12-year-olds to harp on, because music is subjective and every artiste is different… so there’s just no way of quantifying if someone is the best at something as intangible as music.
7 Who’s Gonna’ Stop Me?! – Paperplane Pursuit
6 Could Have Been Me – The Struts
You don’t have to go more than 10 seconds into this song to know that this is your new beat. The Struts bring out the guitars and tune those high notes in their vocal range for this riff-heavy mood booster. Simply put, there’s no low point in this song. It isn’t peaks and valleys… it’s just one crazy, stretched out peak, and if that doesn’t get you feeling like you could swim the seven seas I don’t know what will.
5 Bent To Fly – Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
4 Good Feeling – Flo Rida
Flo Rida has been on the receiving end of a ton of criticism for basically sampling other songs for most of his biggest chart-toppers. He also botched a rap battle against Bo Dallas during a “rap battle” on WWE Monday Night Raw. Yikes. When you’re bad at the one thing you’re supposed to be good at, people are going to give you sh*t for it… especially if the show you failed on happens to be a scripted, pre-determined rap battle. Tsk tsk tsk, Flo Rida, you should really get your act together, man.
3 Jungle – X Ambassadors, Jamie N Commons
My taste in music might be a more on the side of eclectic and rock, but songs like "Can’t Hold Us" are what turned me into a fan of Macklemore and his partner in crime, Ryan Lewis. While he receives his fair share of criticism, I enjoy the fact that Macklemore’s music is more old school in terms of rap and hip hop. He sings about love and life, but also about the simpler things like baseball games and enjoying the company of friends at a bar. And then he tackles the more important issues like LGBT rights and the pitfalls of capitalism.
2 Warrior – Imagine Dragons
1 Clement Marfo and The Frontline – Champion
Okay I’ll admit… I wrote this list while listening to this song. Yes, it’s the genesis to this entire article and the reason why I wanted to compile a set of 15 bona fide hype-inducing songs in the first place. Clement Marfo and The Frontline kick off "Champion" in a big way. Big notes blaring, upbeat melody, and genuinely inspiring vocals are bound to get you feeling triumphant. Simply put, if you need a song that will reassure you of the champion that you are, Clement Marfo and his band have got you covered.
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